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Outside of your working hours with us (either on time off or during other time in your travels) there are many things to do locally and further afield. You can find information on this as well as a list of the national holidays which are also a good time to visit, below.

What’s to do in Mexico?
Mexico is a very large country with with 31 states, plus Mexico City (Distrito Federal, or simply DF). There is a huge amount of history, culture, great food, explosions of colour, fine weather, architecture and a lot of things to see and do, with nearly 23 million visitors in 2008-and all much more affordable than USA/EU. We have separated this guide geographically into groups below with links to photos that we have actually taken ourselves, so you can have a true feel of what you can see and do, rather than as you normally see in the glossy brochures that simply isn’t real. We hope you find this helpful in planning your trip and hope to see you soon.

Quick index:

Places to visit nearby:
Places to visit in Mexico City:
Places to visit in the Rest of Mexico:
National Calendar of Festivities:
Official Bi-centenary State Videos 2010:

Places to visit NEARBY:

Many, many Mayan ruins, such as Ek’ Balam (our closest), Chichen Itza (the most famous) or Tulum, on the Caribbean (one of the most beautiful), Coba (with the highest pyramid in Yucatan overlooking the forest). The Mayan Riviera (the Caribbean). The largely sleepy Northern Yucatan Gulf of Mexico Coastline. Swimming or cave exploring in various cenotes in Yucatan and Quintana Roo. Beautiful colonial towns such as Valladolid, Merida and Izamal. Fishing towns such as Puerto Morelos. Nature reserves such as Si’an Kaan Biosphere Reserve, Rio Lagartos with its flamingos and Calakmul. Swimming with whale sharks at the stunning Holbox. Wild flamingos of the Celestun Biosphere (and many other places on the north coast). SCUBA diving (many venues and including in land cenotes, off shore reefs and the islands of Cozumal and Isla Mujeres). The turquoise freshwater lagoon of Bacalar, the highly impressive jungle ruins at Palenque, the ‘magic town’ of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez (all a little further afield)

Closer to Valladolid are the cenotes of Zaci (in the city itself) which is open or the stunning cenotes of X’kekén and Samulá an easy cycle from the city centre at Dzitnup

An article about the Yucatan Peninusla from the BBC is available here.

See also our photos of nearby attractions here.

Places to visit in MEXICO CITY:

Coyoacan, Merced Market, Fish Market, Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Park, Reforma Avenue and the golden Angel of Independence, Touribus, The Emperor’s Palace, Roma and Condesa, Zocalo, Torre Latino, El Palacio de Bellas Artes (the Palace of Fine Arts), Cantinas, Comida Corrida (home made, cheap and delicious Mexican ‘fast’ food – 4 simple course with tortillas and a drink for around $3), Lucha Libra (Mexican wrestling), Centor historico (down town / historical centre),street food, Xochimilco, bicycle tours, San Juan Market, Technology Market, Revolution Celebration Desfile…

See our photos of Mexico City here.

Places to visit in the REST OF MEXICO:

Cancun, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Campeche, Chichen Itza, Cozumel, Copper Canyon Railway, Cenotes at Chiapas, Yucatan and Campeche, Guadalajara, Acapulco, San Miguel de Allende, San Luis Potosi,the impressive pyramids of Teotihuacan with options for a hot air balloon trip and a lifetime of other adventures….

See our photos of the rest of Mexico here.

National Calendar of Festivities

Mexico celebrates a huge amount of history derived from the pre-hispanic eras of the Aztecs and Mayans, fused with more modern Spanish influences. Additionally, the Mexican celebrations, such as independence from the Spanish. The dates below show what is happening and if you could include any of these, they would be good times to visit.

Calendar

January 6th -Los Reys Magos (Three Kings Day)
February 2nd -Dia de la Candelaria, (Candlemas)
May 1st – Labour Day
May 5th – Celebration for unity and patriotism (different from independence) Battle of Puebla
September 15th/16th – El Grito (Cry for independence) / Mexican Independence Day
November 1st and 2nd Day of the Dead
One of the finest festivals of the year is DotD! Mexicans celebrate and remember with fondness the lives of those who have passed. Shrines are adorned with marigolds, photos and favourite drinks and food of friends, family and love ones no longer with us. In contrast to the sadness of other countries, people are remembered with music and colour.
November 20th – Mexican RevolutionDay
December 12th – Virgin of Guadalupe
December 23rd Night of the radishes – Oaxaca

Official Bi-centenary State Videos 2010:

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